Updated Trinity teaching diploma covers all dance styles

21 Jun 2016

Trinity College London has revised its Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) to meet the needs of teachers working in any dance style, across a wide range of contexts and with students of any age.

DDTAL is a nationally recognised Level 6 Diploma – similar in level to the third year of a degree – and has been designed to appeal to teachers working in a wide range of contexts, including schools, hospitals, care homes, and community centres.  It provides evidence and validity of dance teaching skills and is recognised as a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status.

Alice Young, Head of Performing Arts at Trinity, said, ‘We are excited that the diploma is now available to teachers working with adults as well as children and young people and will help raise standards across the profession, reaching all corners of the dance education sector, whatever the dance style.’

Vanessa Oxspring, associate director of People Dancing, part of the original Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) said, ‘We are pleased to see the refreshed DDTAL qualification is more vocationally relevant and meets the needs of people working across a broad range of sectors...  It offers a clear progression route that will give them time to put theory in to practice.’

Courses leading to the DDTAL qualification are available at a range of institutions including Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Royal Ballet School, Swindon Dance, Bridgwater College and Worcester University.





Notes to editors


Trinity College London

Trinity College London is a leading international exam board offering qualifications in music, drama, arts activities and the English language at all levels. Trinity has been offering exams since 1877.

Trinity College London is accredited as an awarding body by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET).

Trinity exams are regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) and recognised by many universities, employers and education authorities around the world.



For further information please email dance@trinitycollege.com.


Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL)

This qualification was originally created as a result of a collaboration between Trinity College London and the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP). It has now been revised to make the assessment mechanisms more vocationally relevant and suitable for dance practitioners working in a wide range of teaching contexts.

Based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Dance Leadership, the areas covered by the DDTAL qualification include safe practice, behavioural management, planning, diversity and differentiation, teaching and learning skills and strategies, legal compliance, and policies affecting practice.

Who is it for?

DDTAL is designed for teachers working in any dance style who are seeking a nationally recognised dance teaching qualification.


How many hours of study will it take?

1,048 hours in total, included independent study and learning undertaken with the support of a course provider (Guided Learning).


How can I take the qualification?

The qualification can be taken with the help and support of a number of course providers located in dance and educational institutions around the country.


How much does it cost?

Each course provider designs their own course and course fees vary. You should enquire directly from your intended course provider about their fees. Assessment fees pertaining to the qualification can be found on the Trinity website.


Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP)

DTAP was a major dance sector-led strategic initiative in the UK. It brought together a consortium of leading national dance development organisations committed to building capacity and removing barriers to participation in dance, by people of all ages and abilities. DTAP worked to raise standards in the UK by co-creating the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL), developing a set of nationally recognised professional standards in dance leadership (NOS), and undertaking research into a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework for practitioners working in participatory dance. 

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